Saica has selected the leading full-line supplier Voith to install the OnEfficiency.Strength digital solution. The innovative package for saving starch and consequently reduce CO2 emissions will be used at PM 10 at the El Burgo de Ebro site (Spain) as well as the PM 70 at Nogent-sur-Seine site (France).
OnEfficiency.Strength is currently a unique solution on the market, developed specifically for paper production. The application is already successfully in operation worldwide. Especially after raw material costs have risen significantly, there is an increasing need for intelligent solutions that quickly reduce production costs. Voith and Saica have already shared a very trusting and very good business relationship for a long time. The winning synergies combined with the technical know-how of Voith experts enable a best-in-class concept.
Juan Luis Mendoza, Digital Officer at Saica, can also confirm this: “With Voith as one of our most important strategic partners, we are taking another step towards digitalization. The digital solution has already convinced us at other Saica sites. With the new installations in PM 10 and PM 70, we expect now to save significant amounts of starch at these plants and produce with less CO2 emissions. We look forward to improving Saica´s resource efficiency. We are sure it will quickly pay for itself.”
Once installed at Saica, OnEfficiency.Strength will monitor key quality parameters and automatically adjusts starch application to the paper as well as other process and machine settings to customer requirements. Saica can thus save starch significantly. In addition, the solution increases the precision and reliability of the process, reduces manual handling and is easy to operate. Thanks to OnEfficiency.Strength, the current values for strength properties can be viewed in real time rather than only being available with manual sampling. In addition, the solution has the potential to reduce steam consumption and thus CO2 emissions as well as to ensure quality throughout the value chain.
“Voith’s excellent reputation has been further reinforced with its strong focus on digitalization in the paper industry. I strongly believe that we offer by far the best added value to our partners, who are more than just customers,” emphasizes Renan Fusco, Head of Digital Solutions Sales at Voith Paper. “By working with Saica, we are providing another important impulse for the paper industry in Europe.”